A home purchase is the largest purchase you will ever make so it is important to understand the condition of your investment. A home inspection is an assessment of potential fire hazards, home safety, and health risks for you and your family. Beryl’s Home Inspection will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge about your new home and an understanding of its components and systems as well as home maintenance tips and information to help you protect your investment.
While the safety of your family is what matters most, the ability to make a sound investment in your new home is beneficial as well. Beryl’s Licensed and Certified Home Inspectors provide the detailed information you and your buyer’s agent can use to negotiate a more favorable price or concessions that can save you thousands of dollars.
Periodic New Construction Inspections by Beryl
Beryl’s New Construction Inspections verify construction of the project in compliance with the design plans, the local Building Department and local building codes. New Construction Inspections should be done by licensed Engineer’s as typical Home Inspectors are not qualified to comment on building codes. The last step of the New Construction Inspection is a thorough Home Inspection.
During the New Construction process, Beryl coordinates with the builder and project superintendent to establish a time to conduct periodic site inspections. At the completion of each site inspection during New Construction, Beryl prepares a home inspection report based on checklists created by Beryl’s previous experience. Periodic New Construction Inspections occur at:
- Foundation Inspection before going vertical
- Framing and Rough-in Inspection before covering up with wall materials
- Final Punch-list Inspection; and
- Final Grade Inspection
The importance of Foundation Inspections and Framing and Rough-in Inspections is simple. You can’t fix what you can’t see, but what you can’t see can fail. The best time to catch what you can’t see and fix it is while you can see it and someone else has to pay to make the repairs.
Building Envelope Analysis / Condition Assessment by Beryl
Building envelopes separate the exterior and interior environments of a building. Water intrusion is the most common and most destructive issue for the structural integrity of a building envelope. Identification is the first step in problem solving.
Using nondestructive testing, Beryl has the ability to detect, quantify, and delineate areas of saturation within a wall or roof system without having to open that system up. Delineating the areas of trapped moisture provides owners the information needed to make cost effective corrective actions. Let your managers focus their maintenance activities to maximize your repair dollars by allowing us to become an extension of your staff.
Structural Evaluations by Beryl
Beryl assists you in arriving at a fair determination of value by providing an opinion as to the current structural condition and identifying observable structural defects. During these inspections, Beryl’s Professional Engineer:
- Provides a structural description of the property, i.e. type of foundation, wall, floor, ceiling, and roof construction.
- Observes and render an opinion of the readily accessible structural systems and components of the property
- Use a directed evaluation report form to address the structural systems and components.
- Describe the defects and their cause(s). If cause is unknown, outline the next action necessary to determine the cause(s).
- Provide an outline of possible solutions and costs to correct.
Home Warranty Inspections by Beryl
A Home Warranty is a one-year service agreement to cover the replacement or repair of many major home system components and appliances that typically breakdown over time due to normal wear and tear. Many smart buyers make the right decision to purchase a Home Warranty when they purchase a home.
During the eleventh month, even smarter buyers have the home inspected by Beryl’s Home Inspector. During this Home Warranty Inspection Beryl will examine your home’s structure, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to identify defects and other problems before your Home Warranty expires. Once the Home Warranty expires, these problems become your problems instead of the warranty company’s.
203k Consulting by Beryl
Have you been passing up buying homes that require cosmetic repairs for lack of funds to fix them up? FHA has a program for you. Not to be confused with FHA’s much more complicated Full 203K program, a Streamlined 203K loan eliminates much of the paperwork and simplifies the process to obtain rehab funds.
You don’t have to be turned off by fixer uppers or overwhelmed by the work required to bring some homes up to today’s standards. You don’t have to go it alone. That is where Beryl’s Streamlined 203k Inspectors come in to the picture.
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Expert Witness Services by Beryl
Beryl provides Claim Support services under the direction of the clients in their current unresolved disputes. These services may range from reviewing documents such as reports, photographs, and invoices to give an expert opinion in the form of a technical memorandum or formal Peer Analysis Report using a forensic analysis. These services will also include attending meetings, discussions, providing depositions/testimony, or providing opinions to the Landings to aid them with their dispute, and being “on-call” to provide services.
Beryl, as an Expert Witness, has by virtue of education, training, skill, and experience learned specialized knowledge, training, and experience in Florida beyond that of the average person. This knowledge is sufficient enough that others may officially and legally rely upon Beryl’s Expert Witness’s specialized opinion about an evidence or fact issue within the scope of Beryl’s expertise.
Forensics in engineering is the investigation of materials, products, structures, or components that fail, do not operate, or function as intended causing either personal injury or damage to property. The consequences of failure are typically dealt with by the law of product liability. The purpose of Beryl’s investigation is to locate cause of failure with a view to improve performance or life of components, or to assist in a court in determining the facts about an incident. In the forensics process, there is typically an investigation, analysis, and a conclusion of findings. Additionally, Beryl will peer review the technical aspects of the opposition’s side if requested.
FHA Inspections by Beryl
An appraisal is different from a Home Inspection and does not replace a Home Inspection. Appraisals estimate the value of the property for lenders. An appraisal is required to ensure the property is marketable. Home inspections evaluate the condition of the home for buyers. Appraisals are for lenders and Home Inspections are for you.
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4-Point Home Inspections by Beryl
Many insurance companies require a 4-Point Home Inspection for homeowners insurance and renewals for an existing policy on an older home. The “four-points” covered in this limited inspection include the four vital systems of the home: the roof, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. This inspection identifies their components, determines their age, and assesses their overall condition. Beryl utilizes the Citizen’s 4-Point Inspection Form to give you a thorough 4-Point Home Inspection that meets your insurance carrier’s needs.
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Wind Mitigation Inspections by Beryl
Florida state law entitles you to certain premium reductions, but without a Beryl Wind Mitigation Inspection, you can’t get them! If you haven’t had a windstorm insurance inspection at your current home, you may be PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR HOME INSURANCE! Due to changes in Building Code, if your home was built after 2003, you may be PAYING TOO MUCH FOR YOUR HOME INSURANCE.
During Beryl’s Wind Mitigation Inspection, Beryl reports on the key features that may decrease the amount of damage your home suffers during a hurricane or strong windstorm. These features fall into several categories, such as exterior construction type, roof shape and construction methods, age of roof covering, door and window opening protection as well as the actual year the home was built. Other factors not covered in a Wind Mitigation Inspection may be the elevation of a property and how it relates to wind speed.
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Thermal Imaging by Beryl
Thermal (infrared) imaging is a technology that allows Beryl to show you things that can’t be shown using other inspection methods during Home Inspections or other inspections. Buy with confidence when you have a clear picture of your new home’s condition. Our licensed and insured home inspectors rely on thermal imaging cameras to see beyond wallboard and plaster without drilling holes or cutting into your walls. This infrared technology detects telltale heat signatures, indicators of degrading systems. Our cameras require no light to operate and detect issues before they grow into insulation losses, hotspots, or complete system failures.
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